National Arts & Humanities Month Week 4

HARVESTOctober is National Arts & Humanities Month. Gather ideas and insights with humanities events supported by the Kansas Humanities Council each week this month.

Week 4: Say Hello to History

Welsh immigrant Richard Howe, a stonemason, put his skills to use constructing a limestone home in Lyon County in 1867. The house served as a gathering place for the Welsh immigrant community and was home to three generations of the Howe family. Nearly 150 years later, the Howe House and Welsh Farmstead offers visitors a glimpse into 19th-century Kansas farm life as part of the Lyon County Historical Society in Emporia. The Howe House is doing what Kansas museums and historic sites do everyday: bring history to life. This month, Kansas museums are hosting a number of KHC-supported exhibitions and programs that connect people over time and across generations, including the A Welsh Farmstead: The Story of the Howe Family from 1858 exhibition and companion documentary at the Lyon County Historical Museum. Watch the two-minute trailer for the documentary film to learn more about the history of the Howe House:

Explore a museum or historic site in your community. View exhibitions, attend a Speakers Bureau presentation, research your genealogy, donate an artifact, or volunteer. Not sure where to go? has a list of museums and historical attractions throughout the state.